Hospitality and Tourism Management PhD

Key information

Full-time - 4 years

Start date

January 2020
April 2020
July 2020
October 2020

Part-time - 8 years

Start date

January 2020
April 2020
July 2020
October 2020

Why choose this course

We’re the leading institution in the UK for hospitality, tourism, events and transport research, and we have an outstanding reputation in the sector. As a Department, our undergraduate courses ranked in the top 10 for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Our academics shape the agenda for scholarship and practice in hospitality, tourism, events and transport, and carry out cutting-edge research in topics ranging from lifestyle, travel, food and culture to the digital economy and artificial intelligence. We will challenge you with new ideas to develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methodologies. 

We see doctoral students as important collaborators, and aim to connect you with senior executives and policymakers from around the world, offering opportunities for future learning and valuable connections.

Frequently asked questions about doing a PhD

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What you will study

Our PhD programme takes around three years of full-time study. You’ll take on a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research, leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field and is suitable to be published in a series of high-quality, refereed journal articles. 

You’ll be assigned two supervisors with expertise in your area: normally one who is an expert in your subject, and one who is an expert in methodology. Your supervisors will guide you through your PhD, from developing your project through to your analysis and writing your thesis. You’ll normally meet with your supervisor every four to six weeks. 

There’s no formal teaching as part of your PhD programme, but you’ll benefit from a range of support and learning opportunities in addition to your supervision meetings. These include a tailored weekly programme of formal research training in research methodology and career development. You’ll have the chance to present and discuss your research at our weekly research seminars. You’ll also be able to take any of our MSc modules, and join our range of interactive workshops that run throughout the year, exploring topics such as personal effectiveness, information skills, presenting research and job skills. You’ll also be able to as qualify as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy by completing the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.

We encourage our students to attend international conferences and training courses, and can support your travel to these events.

Research support

The professional development of postgraduate researchers is supported by the Doctoral College, which provides training in essential skills through its Researcher Development Programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching. A dedicated postgraduate Careers and Employability team will help you prepare for a successful career after the completion of your PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a distinction level in a relevant discipline from an approved university. If you do not hold such a degree, you may be admitted, providing you hold a first class (1st) Bachelors degree from an approved university or a professional or other qualification deemed by the University to be appropriate.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

Fees

Start date: January 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £4,327

Overseas £17,100

Part-time

UK/EU £2,163.50

Overseas £8,500

Start date: April 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £4,327

Overseas £17,100

Part-time

UK/EU £2,163.50

Overseas £8,500

Start date: July 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £4,327

Overseas £17,100

Part-time

UK/EU £2,163.50

Overseas £8,500

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas £17,600

Part-time

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas £8,800

For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).

Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.

View a complete list of all fees for our research programmes.

Additional costs

There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.

Funding

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees. The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey
Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH